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Donald J Roth

Military

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C. Crashed into English Channel Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5384

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Mark Wilson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Failed to Return Abbeville 5-Jun-44. As he crossed the French coast over the English Channel, the Germans fired a rocket that hit his wingman. His wingman veered into my Father's plane...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107095

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 18/2/44; Gr Island 2/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-F] Thorpe Abbotts 7/4/44; Missing in Action French A/Fds 5/6/44 with Mark Wilson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John McAuliffe, Radio Operator: Gene Sweeney, Ball...

Missions

  • 392

    5 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA 1942

Entered service from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 5 June 1944

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died English Channel 5 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C. KIA MACR 5384

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2020 17:15:28 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28650590
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952948
https://www.fold3.com/record/529855115-donald-j-roth
https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/roth=donald
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56360646/donald-j-roth

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5384 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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